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Auto defects lead to Honda Odyssey recall

Motorists in West Virginia may be affected by a recent auto recall covering the United States. The recall was issued due to auto defects involving the Honda Odyssey's second-row seats. Specifically, these seats could suddenly shift during a collision.

More than 630,000 vehicles are included in the recall. The recall was issued for Odyssey automobiles from the model years of 2011 to 2016, which were manufactured between August 2010 and October 2015. The second-row seats have the potential to shift because a release lever might stay in an unlocked position, thus allowing the seats to shift unintentionally. This increases a seat occupant's risk of suffering injury in a crash.

So far, Honda has not received any reports about injuries stemming from the auto defect. However, the company had received almost 690 warranty claims by mid-December. Honda dealers can install additional brackets and springs to address the defects to the second-row seats at no cost to the owners.

If people suffer injuries as a result of auto defects in the state of West Virginia or elsewhere, they have the right to seek to hold the manufacturers of the problem vehicles accountable in civil court. Once financial responsibility is established to the court's satisfaction, based upon a showing of negligence, claims for damages can be decided. A damage award may help to cover medical costs, the loss of wages and other losses stemming from the use of the defective automobiles. Awarded damages may also help to address emotional distress and the pain and suffering stemming from the use of the dangerous motor vehicles.

Source: usatoday.com, "Honda Odyssey recalled to fix seats that could shift suddenly", Nathan Bomey, Dec. 29, 2016

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